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Happy Thanksgiving – The New York Times

There’s only one thing you really need to know at the start of Thanksgiving, and that applies whether you’re cooking or filling a seat, whether you’re a guest or a host, and whether you’re working a shift or stuck at an airport. That’s it: everything will be fine.

You will be fine because you will repeat this phrase like a mantra until it becomes fact, until it turns into a gear to protect you from any bad weather that comes your way. Kitchen disasters, rude parents, late guests, failed pies, burnt mashed potatoes, not enough wine, it’s all good. These things happen.

Allow them to happen. Practice radical empathy, for others and for yourself today. And don’t worry ’bout a thing.

Fact, from those of us at The New York Times Cooking: Your turkey is done when its internal temperature, measured at the deepest part of the thigh, is 165 degrees. I take mine out of the oven at 160 or 162, knowing that the temperature will continue to rise as the bird rests on my counter under its foil cap. But I’ve also seen numbers closer to 180 over the years and (see tips above) eased my stress about it. Carved and moistened with broth, then served with plenty of sauce, an overcooked bird can still make a wonderful meal.

(Don’t panic if you don’t have a thermometer. Use a fork or paring knife to pierce the skin of the thigh. If the juices run clear, it’s okay. If the thighs are loose in their sockets, you okay.)

Tip: Rest your bird before trimming, to allow it to settle. Allow at least 20 minutes, although I’ve gone up to an hour with no ill effects.

If you’re looking for help cooking today, take advantage of resources on New York Times Cooking, including our Thanksgiving FAQs, best recipes for the feast, and best last-minute recipes. We also have guides to help you roast and carve turkey, and how to make gravy, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, pie crust, potatoes, and stuffing.

I am grateful for those. I am also grateful to you for being part of The Times. Have a wonderful vacation.

Wound: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said yesterday that he has been playing with a broken thumb since Week 5, which could explain some of the lackluster performance. Rodgers says he’s not considering surgery.

Struggle: Seven Michigan State football players are facing charges for a fight with Michigan players after the Wolverines won last month. Authorities have charged six of the players with misdemeanors and Khary Crump with felony assault.

Today’s matches: Portugal take on Ghana. Brazil, among the favorites of the tournament, plays its first match against Serbia. Follow all matches.

“Glass Onion,” a sequel to the funny and twisty thriller “Knives Out,” is in theaters now. Daniel Craig plays Benoit Blanc, the master detective with the Foghorn Leghorn accent who is once again summoned by wealthy eccentrics to solve a riddle. This time the host is a tech billionaire (Edward Norton) who has invited some friends to play a game of murder mystery on his private island.

“The plot twists and turns, stretching the logic to the breaking point while pretending to follow the rules,” AO Scott wrote in The Times. “I can’t say much about what happens in ‘Glass Onion’ without revealing a few surprises, but I can say that part of the fun comes from being wrong about what’s going to happen next.”

Yesterday’s Spelling Bee pangram was name verification. Here is the riddle of the day.

Here’s today’s mini-crossword, and a hint: Thanksgiving Sauce (five letters).

And here is today’s Wordle. After, use our bot to improve yourself.

Thank you for spending part of your morning with The Times. Until tomorrow.

PS The Athletic, the Times-owned sports website, expands its women’s sports coverage, starting with the WNBA

This is today’s front page.

There is no new episode of “The Daily”. On the Modern Love podcast, open marriages collide.

Matthew Cullen, Lauren Hard, Lauren Jackson, Claire Moses, Ian Prasad Philbrick, Tom Wright-Piersanti and Ashley Wu contributed to The Morning. You can join the team at

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